LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 23 Texas Tech suffered a 1-0 shutout on Friday night during its Big 12 opener at Baylor while the Bears scored the only run of the game in the first inning in front of 2,810 fans at Baylor Ballpark.
The Red Raiders (15-4, 0-1 Big 12) had their seven-game win streak come to a close while junior right-handed pitcher Dominic Moreno (1-3) marked his fifth consecutive start allowing just one earned run in the loss.
Baylor (9-8, 1-0 Big 12) improved to 8-1 at home this season while senior Dillon Newman (2-1) pitched seven shutout innings scattering six hits with seven strikeouts in the win.
Bears senior closer Josh Michalec pitched two scoreless frames to end the game earning his seventh save of the season.
Baylor scored the only run of the game in the first inning when left fielder Darryn Sheppard hit a one-out double to right-center field and scored the following batter as right fielder Adam Toth tripled down the right-field line.
Moreno struck out nine batters – the most by a Red Raider this season – while notching at least one strikeout in all seven innings pitched. It marks Moreno’s second most strikeouts in a game during his two-year Tech career, only behind his career-high 11 on Opening Day last season against Northern Illinois.
Tech had three innings where it left a runner in scoring position. Overall in the game, Tech and Baylor combined went 1-for-20 with runners in scoring position in the contest that lasted only two hours and 25 minutes.
Senior third baseman Jake Barrios was the only Red Raider with multiple hits going 2-for-4 while four other Red Raiders had a base hit, including Stephen Smith (1-for-4), Alec Humphreys (1-for-3, BB), Adam Kirsch (1-for-4) and Ryan Long (1-for-4).
Tech and Baylor will continue their Big 12 opening series on Saturday, Mar. 15 with a 12:02 p.m. first pitch for game two with a national television audience on FOX Sports 1 as Dave Barnett (play-by-play) and Pat Combs (analyst) will call the action from Baylor Ballpark.
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